Ever made an update to your WordPress website, but it didn’t show up right away? You may be looking at a “cached” version of the page.
A cache is data that is temporarily stored in order to deliver the information faster the next time it is requested. Utilizing a cache on a website helps increase performance and deliver a better user experience.
However… if you have just made changes to your site, but are viewing the cached version instead of the updated version of the site, it may appear that the site has not actually been updated…which can be confusing.
The good news is that it is pretty straight forward process to clear out the cached versions of your site so that you can see you updates.
There are a couple of places that your website data could be temporarily cached.
Clear Website Cache
The first place to check is your site. If you have installed a caching plugin you can clear your WordPress cache by visiting the plugin’s settings and looking for the ‘clear cache’ or ‘purge cache’ option.
Clear Browser Cache
Your browser may also save a cached version of your site, because it makes pages load faster when you visit a site more than once. If you clear your browser’s cache and reload the page, you should be able to see your changes.
Each browser has a slightly different process for clearing cache. Here are the how to’s for some of the most popular browsers.
Clear Server Cache
If you have cleared your site and browser cache, but you are still not seeing the most up-to-date version of your site, you may need to clear your server cache. Many web hosts add caching to their hosting service because it improves the overall performance of the site and makes it possible to run many sites from a single server ( aka shared hosting ). You can usually find a tool to clear your server cache in your cpanel or by reaching out to hosting tech support.
Keep in mind that the internet is constantly changing. Just because your host was not caching your site when you first registered with them, doesn’t mean they haven’t added this feature recently.
Anytime that you are updating your website, but not seeing your expected changes or if your view is different than someone else looking at the same site, there may be a cached version of the site that needs to be cleared.